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ERIC Number: EJ881074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1811
Beyond Abstinence-Only: Relationships between Abstinence Education and Comprehensive Topic Instruction
Jeffries, William L., IV; Dodge, Brian; Bandiera, Frank C.; Reece, Michael
Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, v10 n2 p171-185 May 2010
In the United States, a debate exists as to whether abstinence-only or comprehensive sexuality education strategies are most beneficial for school-age youth. Despite abstinence being a fundamental component of comprehensive education, the two are often characterized as polar opposites. Few studies have examined overlaps between the approaches. The purpose of this study was to examine relationships between abstinence education and comprehensive topic instruction among sexuality education teachers. Data came from public school teachers (n = 199) in Florida. Abstinence instruction was measured using the Section 510 A-H guidelines. Comprehensive topic instruction was measured using the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States' guidelines. Logistic regression analyses measured relationships between abstinence and comprehensive topic instruction. Nearly one-half of teachers taught all eight A-H guidelines, and the majority taught most comprehensive sexuality education topics. The odds of teaching comprehensive sexuality education topics generally increased as teachers taught more of the federal government's abstinence guidelines. This suggests that abstinence instruction, a core element of comprehensive sexuality education, may increase alongside instruction on other comprehensive topics. We discuss the relevance our findings have for understanding the nature of both abstinence and comprehensive sexuality education. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida